Great plant picks: Eddie’s White Wonder cornus

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2012 3:29pm
  • Life

What: Eddie’s White Wonder is a deciduous tree, an unusual hybrid that’s a cross between the Western dogwood, Cornus nuttallii, and the Eastern species, Cornus florida. Its large white flowers open in early spring with abundant broad overlapping bracts.

Why plant it: The tree’s narrow frame and abundant flowers make it a perfect garden choice. Also, it has shown resistance to dogwood anthracnose, a common foliage disease.

Where: The dogwood prefers a rich well-drained or sandy soil, but will tolerate clay if the drainage is adequate. Provide a location with full sun to light or open shade. In too much shade or in areas without good air circulation, foliage disease can be a problem. Once established it only needs occasional watering during dry weather. Little pruning is needed. Overpruning can ruin the layered branching pattern.

Actual size: A 10-year-old woody plant or a 5-year-old perennial will grow to 20 feet with a spread of 15 feet.

Learn more: See www.greatplantpicks.org.

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